"Rarity From the Hollow" was a great read and nothing like I expected! The author takes the reader on a fun filled journey through the fictional world that he has created. Before reading the story, I had made a number of assumptions, based on the author's background and the description of the book, but I was wrong on all counts. I thought that the story might get preachy and heavy handed in the delivery of its message. I thought that maybe this was just another author trying to copy Douglas Adams and the very successful, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. I could not have been more wrong on both counts. The book does deal with some very serious issues, including child abuse, poverty, lack of education and substance abuse. Instead of the story getting mired in the characters difficulties though, the author uses them to pull the reader in and create empathy. Mr. Eggleton has truly found his own style and voice as he weaves a wonderful tongue-in-cheek science fiction tale that is an absolute joy to read.
Lacy Dawn, a young girl from the hills of West Virginia, is already struggling to help those she cares about overcome poverty, a lack of education and the scars of war, when she's told that she is the only one who can save the universe. Instead of refusing to accept the weighty news, she simply wants to know what is endangering the universe and how she is supposed to accomplish the monumental task. Unfortunately, the strange messenger's only reply is that those are things she must discover it for herself.
Lacy Dawn assembles her team from those she knows best; her war traumatized father, beat down mother, the family dog, their marijuana growing neighbor and the mysterious messenger, DOTCOM. Together they set off on their journey to discover exactly what is endangering the universe and how they can fix it. Along the way each of them does their part and learns that no matter how worthless they feel, they still have value to the others and to the universe.
The author does an incredible job of effortlessly weaving serious topics and light hearted fun together throughout the story. If you are a fan of humor, great science fiction storytelling, tales that keep you guessing, or just a good read, then "Rarity From the Hollow" is an absolute must read. I can honestly say that I have never read a book quite like this and I encourage everyone to take the time to read it. On top of it being a good story, the proceeds go to benefit a very worthwhile cause.